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Helsinki Roller Derby was founded in March 2009 as a first roller derby league in Finland. We have three teams: HRD All-Stars plays in the top level in worldwide tournaments, HRD Queen B’s plays in Finnish National Cup, and HRD C-cassette challenges B/C-level teams in Finland and abroad. We started our active junior department in 2015. We have beginner courses twice a year, and also provide excellent training for officials and referees.

Roller derby is an aggressive full-contact sport played on classic quad-skates. A roller derby game, also known as a bout, consists of two 30-minute periods during which the two opposing teams try to score as many points as possible; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Each team has only one point-scorer on the track at a time, she is known as the jammer. It is the jammer’s job to pass through the pack of other skaters, known as blockers, to earn one point for each opposing blocker that she passes legally and in-bounds. Click here to learn more!

Helsinki Roller Derby, like most flat-track roller derby leagues worldwide, is a skater owned and operated non-profit organization. Helsinki Roller Derby has been accepted as a full member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby. As a member of the WFTDA, Helsinki Roller Derby joins the ranks of more than 100 skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby. Read more about HRD becoming a full WFTDA member.

Helsinki Roller Derby is also a member of Roller Derby Finland and through it Suomen Luisteluliitto (the Finnish Skating Association).

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Helsinki Roller Derby follows the WFTDA gender policy, which states that “identifying as transgender, intersex, and/or gender expansive is not in any way related to an individual’s eligibility for participating as a volunteer or employee. Any individual who identifies as a trans woman, intersex woman, and/or gender expansive may skate with a WFTDA charter team if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify.”

In short: you are very welcome to join our league!

If you want to learn the history of roller derby, we recommend the following:

Check out our bouts on Justin.tv/helsinkirollerderby

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